Andy Mabbett is in Australia in September and early October 2018, talking about Wikidata and WikiCite, as well as their sister projects, and how they impact GLAMs, and Open Science, as well as explaining how institutions can work with the community of volunteers who maintain those projects, to mutual benefit.
Applications to attend WikiCite 2018 in Berkeley, California (including travel funding requests) are now open, including the opportunity for would- be speakers to pitch sessions.
PIDapalooza is a conference about Permanent IDentfers, with a strong Wikidata component. Registration for #PIDapalooza19 in Dublin, Ireland, January 23-24, is now open. A call for pers/ presentations wil follow shortly
New version of JsonDumpReader, a tool for using JSON dumps from Wikidata or other Wikibase instances
It's possible to add somevalue and novalue using QuickStatements, and to use the tool on test.wikidata.org as well.
More properties can be searched using haswbstatement. This includes all properties with "external identifier", "string", "item", "property", "lexeme", "form" and "sense" datatypes, except published in (P1433) and cites (P2860). In addition you may make queries without a specified value.
These new languages are now supported for monolingual text strings: mid, mnw, gmy, rar, haz, uga. The language doesn't show up in the suggester, but you can save the statement and it will be stored properly.